07.04.2012 - 16.04.2012
What a difference a day can make. The weather was quite different as we woke up the next morning. Rain... Oh well, we were going to be wet all day anyway. We reluctantly left our warm beds at the Awaroa Lodge behind and paddled out.
We had a big day ahead of us and we had a fair bit of open ocean paddling to do so we headed out into the swells.
Our first stop for the bay was to pull into an amazing little protected cove.
Our guide Kyle told us the story of the place and I wish I could remember more of it. Basically it served as the village where the local elders lived. It was well protected from the sea and easy to defend and had a high center section for the village.
It was here that we saw the first fur seals of the day.
Next we headed over to Tonga Island where we found an amazing baby seal nursery area. It seems we timed it just right and the fur seals that were all born back in December were at that right age to be precocious teenagers. They seemed to have no fear of us even jumping right up on our boats.
Swimming around us and letting us pet them as they went by was an amazing experience.
After the seals we stopped for lunch on yet another picture perfect beach and then headed south.
At this point I don't have any more photos of the day as this is when it really started raining. It was actually an amazing experience to be out on the water in the pelting rain. The rain was bucketing straight down and was making the water dance in a surreal sort of way. Believe it or not, the rain started as we entered Torrent Bay...
As beautiful as it was, we were all glad to see this boat. A floating backpackers lodge in the middle of Torrent Bay. A warm cozy place to spend a rainy night.